Dallas Police Department's Air 1 helicopter got an unexpected and unwanted guest last night. While the chopper was flying over Lake Ray Hubbard, a bird -- initially reported to be a duck but later confirmed to be an American coot -- flew through Air 1's windshield, shattering glass and injuring the pilot, Sergeant Todd Limerick.
Fungus Guy An American coot
The chopper's co-pilot, Senior Corporal Laurent Lespagbol was able to make an emergency landing near Dalrock Road and Interstate 30 despite the broken windshield.
.DPDAir1 involved in bird strike over Lake Ray Hubbard. Pilot suffered minor injuries. Co-Pilot made emergency landng pic.twitter.com/QlwOyjkeW3— Maj. Max Geron (@MaxDPD) March 24, 2015